This tree is at the northwest corner of Alumni Lawn, just beyond the sidewalk that extends from the front door of McGill Hall. You can recognize it easily by its double trunk.
of red mulberry are the best way to recognize this species. As the main veins approach the margin of the leaf
, they loop around until they are parallel to the margin. Red mulberry is also one of the few trees with leaves that can be mitten-shaped with a single lobe "thumb" on one side. The other tree that commonly has leaves like this is sassafras, but sassafras leaves
differ from mulberry by having untoothed margins. The mitten leaves are not always a good way to recognize red mulberry, because sometimes a tree will have few, or even no leaves that are mittened. If the tree is a female, you may also find its fruits
in the summer. They change from red to black as they ripen.
Red mulberry is the only mulberry that you will commonly find in the wild in this area. It is often a small tree or shrub, although it can become a large tree.
This tree is described on p. 67 of The Trees of Vanderbilt